Sak Yant- Traditional Cambodian Sacred Tattoo

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ChanTra is a master tattoo artist and teacher of traditional Cambodian Sak Yon (Sak Yant in Thai) sacred tattooing. Sak Yon has been a part of Cambodian spiritual practice and traditional life since before the time of Angkor Wat. Some people believe that it evolved from ancient animist tattoos, and adapted and grew when Hindu and Buddhist religions came to South East Asia.

Traditionally Cambodians get Sak Yon tattoos for a wide variety of purposes including; protection from all kinds of dangers, attracting love, attracting business, bringing success in life, Metta, increasing one’s beneficial relationships to others (charm), clearing away obstacles, bringing power to ones life and body, increasing health and vitality, as a ritual to mark growth and progress in life, as a spiritual practice, and for strengthening ones connection to the Buddha and the Hindu pantheon of gods. There are specific Sak Yon for almost any purpose you can imagine. This is an ancient practice of traditional religion and magic practiced within the container of Buddhism. 

Sak Yon are typically a combination of Buddhist and Hindu sacred images, Pali script, Buddhist Sutras, sacred geometry, and other unique symbols and designs. If you have a translator ChanTra is happy to explain the designs, and he will help you choose the right tattoo for your needs. He is an artist as well as a spiritual Sak Yon master, so your designs will not only be powerful, they will be beautiful. 

For more information about Sak Yon and the Sak Yant traditions throughout SE Asia see our resources page, or come in and ChanTra will happily tell you about this amazing sacred tattoo practice. 

Click on any of the images below to see more examples of ChanTra’s Sak Yon.

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